Honda does sub­tle and cool

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

HONDA’S primped Ac­cord has been on sale since July, with a lower-emis­sion diesel to at­tract com­pany driv­ers and oth­ers af­flicted by high car­bon emis­sions. It re­ceived sub­tle ex­te­rior changes in­clud­ing new head­lamps, now with a corner­ing func­tion, a re­vised fa­cial grille, near rear lamps and more com­fort­able sus­pen­sion.

Seen here is the 2.2 i-DTEC type S ADAS (sic) in basque red with black leather seats. This sa­loon costs £31,725 – which is se­ri­ous money for a car your neigh­bours will hardly no­tice. Maybe that’s the cool thing about an Ac­cord, be­cause on the road this car is a gem.

The 2.2 diesel pro­duces 177.5 brake horse power and 280 lb ft of torque. This lat­ter fig­ure gives it daz­zling in-gear ac­cel­er­a­tion, but qui­etly and smoothly.

The six-speed gear­box is op­er­ated by an old-school small gear lever which was in just the right place for me.

Honda was later than most to make a diesel en­gine. The lat­est tune gives 50mpg and a CO2 rat­ing of 147g/km.

HONDA AC­CORD: A gem on the road with smooth ac­cel­er­a­tion.

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